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  Best of the
North Country Trail
in New York


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The North Country National Scenic Trail is a work in progress in New York state.  Although much progress has been made on its completion in New York, there are still gaps to be finished.  Within New York there are numerous sections of the NCT which could easily make this page as one of the best.

This page is a work in progress and we'll be adding more "Best of NY" sections of the North Country Trail.  We would like to hear your opinions on what should be included as the "Best of NY".  If you have a section of the North Country Trail that you feel should be included, please email me at

What constitutes the best of a trail?  It could be a fantastic view, multiple views, a scenic spot, a unique area, a well maintained section of trail or just a favorite section of trail.  How long should the section be to be considered "Best of NY"?  It can be as short or as long as you want it to be.

Some could say that the whole North Country Trail should be listed as "Best of NY" since it is a National Scenic Trail.  That could be true, but this page is for those hikers looking for a new special section to explore.  Parts of the North Country Trail do coincide with the Finger Lakes Trail.

Living in Central New York, some may not realize that a National Scenic Trail actually runs through Onondaga County.  The next time your at Highland Forest County Park, look for the kiosk and the blue blazes of the North Country Trail.  Explore and enjoy this National Scenic Trail.

Best of the North Country Trail in New York

Allegany State Park Rock City & Old Seneca CCC camp Slader Creek & Klipnocky State Forest
Bully Hill State Forest Tobes Hill & Canisteo Valley View Kershener Hill & Pucker Bush Overlook
Mitchellsville Creek Gorge Moss Hill Lean To & GET terminus Kelly Hill
Buck Settlement Watkins Glen State Park Excelsior Glen
Finger Lakes National Forest Van Lone Hill Loop Robert Treman State Park
Sweedler Preserve & Lick Brook Falls Abbott Loop in Danby State Forest Willseyville Creek
Havington Hill & Rowland Ridge Greek Peak & Virgil Mountain Woodchuck Hollow
Mount Roderick Taylor Valley Wiltsey Glen Loop
Midlum Hill Hemlock Glen Spruce Pond & Jones Hill
Highland Forest Armstrong Pond & Kinney Hill Nelson Swamp Unique Area
Stone Quarry Art Park  Cazenovia Gorge The Old Quarry
Canastota Creek Lock 21 & Erie Canal Village Black River Canal Domser Road
Black River & Forestport Horn Lake Indian & Squaw Lakes
Pillsbury Lake Miami River Panther Pond & Jessup River
Siamese Ponds Wilderness Hudson River Bridge Moxham Mountain
Stony Pond Jones Hill Crown Point


View from Midlum Hill along the North Country Trail

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